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Mike Matz

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Will Congress Leave a Wild Legacy?

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 3:39 PM

Doing business in Washington has never been easy -- and public legacies often require bipartisan agreement. But there has been a strong tradition of our nation's leaders, at the highest levels, putting other differences aside to preserve America's natural heritage.

A legacy is a gift, one we give to...

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For Some, Earth Day Is Every Day

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 11:11 AM

On Earth Day, April 22, we celebrated a healthy planet and joined with other Americans to do something to improve our environment. It's a chance to express our appreciation for reasonable rules that help us:

  • Keep our air and water clear and clean.
  • Go farther in our cars...
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Listen to the Lorax: Trees Have Needs

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 4:03 PM

Seventy-five years ago, Theodor Geisel wrote the first of his 44 popular books for children under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Included among such fanciful classics as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham is one of my family's all-time favorites, The Lorax. My wife...

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On the Shoulders of Giants

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Isaac Newton, one of the fathers of modern science, wrote in 1675, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." Those who want to protect America's public lands have benefited from the giants of conservation, such as John Muir,

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Giving Back to the Land

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 4:51 PM

Teddy Roosevelt, in a frequently cited address, once noted that, "We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune."

On September 24, we...

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A Gift of Wilderness

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 11:48 AM

When most Americans hear the words "public lands" they think of our national parks or national forests or perhaps even our national wildlife refuges. Yet, what might surprise them is that the largest category of our publicly owned land is administered by a little-known agency, the Bureau of...

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day!

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 5:53 PM

Millions travel to our national forests, parks and wilderness areas each year, with visitation in July 2010 to Yellowstone National Park marking an all-time high. What some may not realize is that each of us -- every citizen of the United States -- owns a stake in approximately...

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